Feed recommendations?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health

Feed recommendations?

This is a discussion on Feed recommendations? within the Horse Health forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • Feed recommendations for horses
  • Equine Feed Recommendations by age

LinkBack Thread Tools
    01-21-2008, 10:46 PM
Feed recommendations?

My horse is a 17 year old quarter horse. I barrel race him and lately his knees have started to seem as if he can't support himself fully, but it's an on and off thing, such as last weekend it was like that, and today he was fine. Whenever I ride him it has no effect on him whatsoever and he still wants to run. I'm going to put him on joint support and my friend recommended Senior feed. Any other recommendations?
Sponsored Links
    01-22-2008, 12:08 AM
Yea, Purnina makes a nice senior feed.
    01-22-2008, 07:45 AM
Triple Crown senior if you can get it? Would definitely recommend a Sr. Feed.
    01-23-2008, 08:53 PM
Unless you want to be feeding more than 10lbs of feed a day, putting your horse on a senior feed isn't a good plan. Especially since your horse is competing and at 17 isn't likely to have the dental issues that would make a senior feed necessary. Look at senior feeds more after 20 yrs of age...

Instead, a good feed designed to meet the needs of performance horses would be a better choice. Strategy, Ultium....any number of things would be fine.

As far as the knees, I would have a vet examine them to determine what is causing the problem. The sooner you catch and treat the arthritic changes that are common in joints in competitive horses, the longer they are able to still function.
    01-23-2008, 09:11 PM
My grandparents, don't really want to buy all technical food, like they like to buy from the mill because it's cheaper, is there any specific ingredient I should be getting in my grain from the mill that can help any of these leg problems.

Like what I'm trying to say is there any specific ingredient in senior food or performance horse food that I can get in my horse's food at the mill?
    01-23-2008, 09:52 PM
Well the senior and performance feeds all come with a very well rounded supplement package blended in. If you get straight feed from the mill, you may want to look into seperatly supplementing with minerals and things. There are millions of supplements out there but you can usually read on the package what it's primarily for, like Hyaluronic Acid for joint health... etc. etc.
    01-24-2008, 10:56 AM
If you are going to buy a premixed horse feed from a mill, then is should be balanced. But I would still ask the mill for a nutrient profile on their feed. Especially before adding supplements to it because if it's not balanced you aren't going to balance it just by adding a supplement without considering what is high/low and what you need to change to bring the diet into balance.
    01-24-2008, 02:58 PM
Ok, is there any specific supplement in senior foods that isn't in regular horse feed?
    01-24-2008, 06:03 PM
No, senior feeds are just designed to be more easily digestible due to the changes that occur with age to make digestion less efficient. They also have a nutrient profile that is balanced to meet the needs of senior horses who tend to be deficient in certain vitamins and minerals.
    01-24-2008, 10:53 PM
Well then what feed should I be feeding him for his joints and legs to prevent arthritis?

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:45 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0